MASS MoCA Poetry Retreat

North Adams, Massachusetts, United States

Aug 12 - Aug 18, 2020


TUITION / COST:$1,500. Limited financial assistance is available.
SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: Jan Freeman
PHONE: 413-628-0051

Join Jan Freeman, acclaimed poet and Paris Press founding director (1995–2018), for the summer MASS MoCA Ekphrastic Poetry Retreat at the Studios @ MASS MoCA Artist Residency Center in the heart of the Berkshires.

Explore the many ways that visual art can open your poems and perception in this expansive 6-day writing retreat. Through daily prompts, discussions, exercises, and readings, you will experience how paintings, prints, sculpture, and installations can provide access to memories, emotion, and the imagination. With morning workshops, visits to exhibits, and afternoon writing time in your private studio and in the galleries of MASS MoCA and the Clark Art Institute. New and experienced poets are welcome.

Each participant receives a private 60-minute manuscript consultation or a conference focusing on 6 poems of your choice. A more in-depth manuscript consultation is available for an additional fee.

Enroll now through January 30, 2020. To reserve your space, contact: Jan Freeman at


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Jan Freeman




North Adams
Massachusetts, United States

Jan Freeman Manuscript Consultations & Writing Workshops

Jan Freeman was the founding director of Paris Press from 1995-2018 (now owned by Wesleyan University Press), where she published groundbreaking yet overlooked literature by women and sponsored national educational-outreach programs about the books and writers (Ruth Stone, Muriel Rukeyser, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Bryher, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many others). She currently teaches at the MASS MoCA Ekphrastic Poetry Retreats and provides manuscript consultations and editorial services to poets, writers, and publishers.

She is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Blue Structure, championed by Ilya Kaminsky (Calypso Editions, 2016), and the co-editor of Sisters: An Anthology. Her poetry is forthcoming in Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest, and has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Plume, The Academy of American Poets “Poem-a-Day,” Prairie Schooner, The Ekphrastic Review, and The Women’s Review of Books. She is the recipient of fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Moulin a Nef, and elsewhere.